Students will get the chance to learn English by joining the famous fictional detectives Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to investigate a theft. The Madrid-based education troupe Interacting Theatre Company will visit the city next month and host two public interactive theatre performances of Sherlock Holmes Goes to Scotland. The shows are part of 'Interacting in Hong Kong - A Theatrical Experience', jointly organised by the British Council and Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (Scolar) for the English Festival. The South China Morning Post is the media sponsor. 'The actors will react to any given response by the audience and guide the story along to a humorous conclusion,' Scolar secretary Billy Woo Tak-ying said. 'The plot of their plays is filled with surprises and the audience will be carried away by the suspense. 'The language used is carefully chosen to fit the audience's command of the language so beginners and more advanced learners of English will enjoy the experience and learn the language.' Apart from the public shows, the group will stage 40 performances in secondary schools and hold 20 workshops for secondary school English teachers to help them learn how to use drama in teaching the subject. 'The use of drama in English teaching allows students to perform, and they may become part of the cast by being called on to respond to the actors and actresses, or even join in acting on stage,' Mr Woo said. 'It is a great opportunity for students to learn English in a fun and creative way. We want to show that English is not only about exams and access to future job opportunities but also about cultural experience and enjoyment.' The troupe performed for more than 1,200 primary and secondary students last year, and 140 teachers attended five workshops hosted by the group. The festival includes performances, workshops, skipping competitions, television programmes, debating, poetry writing and word games.